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About Hot House Restaurant & Bar

Located in Toronto's historic St. Lawrence neighbourhood in close proximity to the city's Financial and Theatre districts. The award-winning Hot House Restaurant & Bar offers an eclectic menu of international dishes to compliment its extensive range of Pastas and Gourmet Pizzas. An extensive selection of Wines from around the world, compliments an impressive Cocktail menu makes Hot House the ideal venue for any occasion.

If you are looking for the best patio in the City, then Hot House Restaurant & Bar is the place to be!

WEDNESDAYS!
Enjoy our popular Wednesday Night Buffet from 5 to 9 pm


SUNDAY BRUNCH
Come for our award-winning Sunday Brunch. Omelette station, dessert paradise and so much variaty awaits you from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Enjoy our live Jazz!

35 Church Street
Toronto, ON M5E 1T3
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Vegetarian, Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 9:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Front and Church

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 366-7800

Website:
http://www.hothouserestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Our award-winning Sunday Brunch features a live Jazz band. come and join us for one of the best Brunch in the City!

Catering:
Professional catering for corporate and private events in the Toronto area. Choose a selection from our existing menus or allow us to custom create a menu for your event.

Parking Details:
Paid Parking underground garage next door called INDIGO - $8 evenins and weekends. GREEN P at the bottom of the Esplanade.

Public Transit:
Short walk from both King & Union Subway Stations (5-7 minutes)

Executive Chef:
Curt Hospedales

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We host weddings, showers, rehersal dinners and more!

Hot House Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Casual (13)
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Good for Birthdays (12)
Cozy (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Great for Brunch (11)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Fun (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Business Meals (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Romantic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Spicy (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Vegan (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Scenic View (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Nice, comfortable place. Butternut squash ravioli was so-so – the tomato sauce overpowered the squash filling. Good deal on cocktails. Service was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

There are so many delicious items to choose from. The meals are beautifully seasoned with excellent pairings of ingredients. The ambience is always fun but it is quiet enough for easy conversation. I really appreciate the price point. A stellar meal without exorbitant cost. I return all the time although I live in Markham. Too bad your sister restaurant is on The
Danforth instead of in my area.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great meal and nice touch that the manager came to our table to ask how everything was

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We went for Winterlicious and absolutely loved our meals. Generous portions, delicious flavours.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great restaurant. First time here and will definitely return.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful dinner for Winterlicious. My date and I found ourselves enjoying the food and meal enthusiastically. Looking forward to coming back to try the menu further.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Nice cozy place with great ambiance and attentive staff; food was good too.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Nothing was overly outstanding about the whole experience. Reasonable prices, food was fine (nothing to write home about, but no real complaints either, I could eat it again), but our server needs to improve.

He brought out a pate appetizer dish with no bread or toast to go with it. We waited to see if he was coming back with the rest of the dish. When it was clear that it wasn't happening, we had to flag someone else to get him so we could ask if we were really meant to eat pate and mustard alone. He mumbled something vague and quickly came back with a two slices of crostini. After the meal, he gave us the bill without being asked. If it was a lunch, I'd appreciate it because speedy service is a godsend when you only have 1h for lunch. But this was dinner. Are they trying to kick us out? The place was half empty and it was only 8:00pm.

Overall, not a bad experience but not the greatest either.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I had lunch with a friend. We loved the Winterlicious menu. I had the ribs and soup and my friend ordered the chicken parm and salad. All were very good. The hostess greeted us warmly and made us feel special. She even held the door as we left the restaurant. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The dinner was, as always, excellent. The Hot House is a long-time favorite.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The waiter was incompetent. The food was horrendous . The manager was disrespectful and lacked common sense.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My friend and I go at least once a month to The Hot House. Our server was Dan, he's excellent and we are sorry to hear that he is leaving.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Fantastic experience. The gentleman who served us was very pleasant and professional. The man who greeted my girlfriend and I at the door immediately suggested for us to be seated in a nice booth.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food is always good,

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My friends and I go to Hot House often because it is one of, if not the only, restaurants near union station (convenient location for us) that can accommodate larger groups, is quiet enough for conversation, has a menu with lots of options, reasonable prices and tasty food. We love hot house!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

It was very easy to set up the reservation via Open Table. We were a group of four and we were seated at a table near a window. The server was very friendly and patient. He offered many daily specials and recommendations. I’ve been to this restaurant numerous times and I always enjoy taking my friends here to eat. I will definitely come back!

Tags: Happy Hour, Vegan, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

As always, a reliable lunch with good service and great food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always a good experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Service was top notch ... Italian food is to die for. Fresh sauces and really looks and tastes home made
Big fan !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Hostess was not very helpful, did not show me to our table, just pointed to a direction that was unhelpful. The server we had luckily was nice. The buffet is lacking in quality and the price has gone up.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Hot House is nice for groups and meet ups. It can be very noisy on the weekends but at least they’ll probably have a live jazz band. Overall great experience and good food. Try it.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 21, 2017

My wife and I both ordered Pizza Di Parma as our main course. The pizza was very tasteless, probably due to a complete lack of taste, or appearance, of tomato sauce. We had to check the menu to ensure it was an ingredient. Crust was good, could have used a touch more cheese and the ham was good. Overpriced for the product received.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A true gem in the St. Lawrence market neighbourhood. One of my favs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was amazing !!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 6, 2017

A friend and I met for lunch. She had never been to Hot House Cafe before. We were about to order an entree until we asked about the soup for the day. We had the most delicious cream of brussel sprout soup. It was hot, creamy, flavourful and filling and fabulous. So filling we decided to share a sandwich instead of the entree.

My friend and I decided to make our lunch a regular thing at the Hot House Cafe. I've been to this restaurant many times for various lunches, three times for Thanksgiving dinner and numurous other meals. It is very much my "go-to" place for good food!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2017

There dinner buffet on Wednesdays is not as good as there Sunday brunch! Call ahead and make reservations this place gets busy fast.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 29, 2017

First time at Hot House and it won't be our last. So many delicious choices that we are looking forward to our return. I had the ribs and my wife had shrimp and a salad. Arturo was our server and he was brilliant. Only next time was the hostess who lacked a warm welcome.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Sunday Brunch, & Jazz... wonderful food options, from breads, an omelette station, ( breakfast
choices, including bacon, sausages), healthy salads, hot entrees, such as lasagne, roast beef, etc., - all 3 meals & desserts at one time !!!
Did not have anything more that day, other than water, coffee, tea !
Yummmmmm !

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Casual, Live Music, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Good food, consistently delivered. Good menu choices at very good prices. Enough vegetarian choices to satisfy my daughter-in-law. Great staff.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 23, 2017

always enjoyable, and a great buffet when available.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 3, 2017

A few girlfriends went to the theatre and this was a nice walk from Ed Mirvish on a lovely summers day. The food is always good and the menu has great variety for all tastes. We all had Sangrias and they were delish! Two of had the rack of ribs and they were excellent. I have never been here for the regular menu before as I have always come for the brunch and I was very pleased. We all enjoyed our exprerience.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Our waiter, Arturo, was wonderful, managing to strike the exact balance of friendly, efficient and professional. He had a good understanding of the menu and was able to describe items perfectly. The food was very good but the restaurant is a bit noisy at times. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Dinner buffet was great and staff were friendly! Very good service, always love coming to Hot House

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Hello,

Wanted to take my parents somewhere nice as they came down to the city to visit. It took 20 min to get our drink order (to be fair there were 2 weddings going on, the restaurant should have planned) and then it took another 10 min to get the drinks.

We gave ourselves an hour and a half (as we had a concert to make) and didn't have our meal order taken after 45 min. We had the menus closed and just felt very unattended.

Note to the restaurant is give your servers smaller sections or support. The food was good but service definitely lacked.

Thanks,

Mack

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Met my cousins for lunch & shopping & ordered my usual G-F pizza . Delicious. Never disappoints ! Conversing was fine even tho my husband is hearing challenged ! Maitre d' at this place is a class act !

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Casual, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Healthy, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I've been to the Sunday Brunch at Hothouse several times, and loved it. We thought we'd try the restaurant for dinner, and were sorely disappointed.

The server seemed new and didn't have knowledge of the prix fixe nor the kids menu. My husbands entrée didn't come with the rest of the entrees, and we had to wait for a good 15-20mins to flag down the waitress - then she apologized because she'd forgotten all about his entrée! The kids menu came with a drink, and again we had to remind her about the fact and ask her to bring it. Both my husband and I got the prix fixe, and it wasn't worth the price we paid for it - the food was just average.

While we will return for their famous Sunday brunches, we will pass on regular meals at this spot.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Too much confusion seating patrons.

I had reserved a table for 3. One of my guests showed up before me and my accompanying guest. She was seated inside. We went in provided the name on the reservation and asked to be seated outside. We were never told that one of our party had arrived and were told to speak with the person outside assigning seats. We wanted to sit on the west side of the restaurant and told we could only sit on the south "to balance out the tables for the servers". I had to text my guest who was already seated inside so she could join us. Very unorganized.

The food and service were good despite this mayhem on our arrival.

Brownie dessert is to die for!

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Always good, visit frequently.

Note: Your OpenTable invite should have an Accept/Decline option. I send out an invite but I have no idea if the invitee received it nor if they are coming. I have to follow up with a phone call or email. Very inefficient!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Staff was very pleasant....service was great
Food was very good ... large portions and I had lunch menu size

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Such a good and reliable restaurant. Good food and good service. Every time.

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